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Hot Rods What Do Guys Use for Long Term Overhead Car Storage Structure?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by verno30, Feb 8, 2020.

  1. verno30
    Joined: Aug 25, 2008
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    I'm missing something. Project is done. Its a little late for plans.

    I see you were a Maintenance Supervisor. I am too.

    This is professionally built and engineered pallet racking so I am confident in the application.

    As for architect's, my professional experience is limited with little to none of it being good. Not meant to offend anyone, just what I have learned in my 21 years in the industry.

    I have no insurance concerns.

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  2. 1934coupe
    Joined: Feb 22, 2007
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    There's always someone who will mention "permit, insurance" etc. Like Ray said in the beginning pallet rack is the way to go. I have it, Big Al's Toybox uses is and every shop I know use it. The beautiful thing about it is it's adjustability and being able to be underneath it with your tools or lathe like you suggest.


    Posted before I read 2nd page. Looks good
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  3. nrgwizard
    Joined: Aug 18, 2006
    Posts: 1,166

    from Minn. uSA

    Verno, Looks good.
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  4. verno30
    Joined: Aug 25, 2008
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  5. verno30
    Joined: Aug 25, 2008
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    I just re-read this thread.

    The other common theme was cost.

    I have $150 total ($75/ea) in both sets of pallet racking.

    Thanks to our friends at OSHA, any damage means this pallet racking is only worth scrap.

    My only cost was the wooden filler used to create the shelf.

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  6. clem
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 2,871


    My trade was Archtectural designer, with structural and civil engineering back ground.
    None of my work has ever failed and all has survived severe ( sometimes 7+) earthquakes.
    Whilst not being offended, it is up to you whether you choose to listen or not to the advice that you asked for.
    For me - cost never comes into question when safety, ie, human life is involved.

    There are a lot of similar threads on here , where everyone has an opinion, yet all too often , are actually not qualified to make an informed decision.

    I won’t start on about why our insurance premiums are so high......
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  7. verno30
    Joined: Aug 25, 2008
    Posts: 1,037


    Without getting into a pissing match, allow me to retort.

    First off, we don't have earthquakes in Iowa. Nothing here is designed for them. If we had an earthquake of any consequence, everything would be rubble. My Chevy, tools, building, etc would be the least of anyone's concern. Building the world's strongest car storage system in Dubuque, IA will only prove I have too much time, too much money, and WAYYYY TOO MUCH FEAR of something that will not happen.

    You can build a bookcase out of concrete. It doesn't make it better, it just makes it heavier. Period.

    I am more than qualified to make decisions on facilities, structures, and equipment. My career has lead me down a very interesting path where I deal with, among other things, Punch presses up to 800 ton capacity on a daily basis. Rigging those machines, where the crown may weight in excess of 80,000# alone, allows me to have a very confident, yet defined, mindset that an 1,800# car is really not a concern.

    Truthfully, the original question was what people use to store these cars, not who to get involved.

    Safety is paramount in all aspects of my life so I don't want anyone to take the opposite from this thread. In actuality, I was hoping for this thread to showcase some alternative methods of overhead storage. For those who did, THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

    Insurance premiums are high because of lawyers and lawsuit happy people, not hot-rodders working in their garage. I agree, we do live in a world where everything has to be dummy-proof. I, however, believe that is for the 1% and not the other 99%.
  8. TagMan
    Joined: Dec 12, 2002
    Posts: 6,028


    Very well put, Verno30 !
  9. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 27,114


    If we knew you had that staircase the Chevy could sit on the floor and the machinery could go upstairs on the new dance floor:rolleyes::rolleyes:. Bob
  10. slddnmatt
    Joined: Mar 30, 2006
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    Mezzanines are your space saving friend if you have the height

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  11. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
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    How about storing cars the way they used to ship Vegas on railroad cars, standing on end, nose down? They called it Vert-E-Pac, and it was effective at cramming a lot of them on the railroad cars. I am Butch/56sedandelivery.
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  12. stuart in mn
    Joined: Nov 22, 2007
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    stuart in mn

    Looks good to me, but I am curious how you got the car up onto the rack? My first thought was you used the four post lift, but the rack is taller than that.
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  14. The premise is correct and without question , but that ratio ,,,

    ahhhhh I think it’s more towards 50/50 and getting worse daily. It’s different
  15. When I moved into my building 15 years ago it was just a shell, but did have a mezzanine above the center section. It measures 40x26x12 high approx. I moved the staircase to the center when I added the inner walls & also sealed it off from the main part of the building, so it is not heated, just storage. All my extra engines, trans, body parts, wheels/tires, etc are up there. In the picture, the small section that is still drywall (upper right center of pic) is a sliding door. When ever I want something big in or out I run the forks of the forklift in that opening.

    God Bless

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  16. verno30
    Joined: Aug 25, 2008
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    There was only a 4 1/2" to 5" difference in height with the rack being taller. We made some ramps out of 2x12. 4 guys plus me running the steering moved it in 1 shot.

    Hoist has casters so I was able to push it right up to the racking.
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  17. jimvette59
    Joined: Apr 28, 2008
    Posts: 794


    That's really good to hear. I didn't mean to offend any body but just covering some bases. I am glad you're preserving part of your family's history. Stay safe Jim T.
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  18. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
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    Now that we see where to stash the car, where do you store the forklift?

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  19. verno30
    Joined: Aug 25, 2008
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    Ha Ha. I thought about a forklift but I used the hoist to get the car on the racking.

    I live about a mile from where I work. We have a 15,000# forklift with some 6' forks on it. I thought about bringing it home to load the Chevy but the hoist worked just fine.

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